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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Thu 24 Oct 1895 1

LOCAL AND GENERAL.
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     A SERIOS CHARGE—A young man named Frederick Robins, described as a laborer, aged 29 years, was brought before the Court this morning on a most serious charge and remanded until Friday next.

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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Mon 28 Oct 1895 2

POLICE COURT.
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Monday, October, 28th, 1895.
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(Before the Police Magistrate and Mr J Mackay, JP.)

A SERIOUS CHARGE.

    Frederick Robins, on remand, was charged with attempting to commit an offence of a disgusting character.

    Mr Thompson appeared for the defence. He said that he understood that the evidence to be produced would be very bad, and if the Bench would exercise its power and have the spectators excluded, so that the case could be heard with closed doors, it would be in the interest of the public.

    The Police Magistrate said that he refrained from exercising this power unless the witnesses in the case were young children or women; but none would be called in this case. If the case was sent to a higher court it would then be heard in open court.

    The evidence was of a character altogether unfit for publication. The witnesses examined were Constables O’Sullivan and Kincade. These witnesses, from information received, were on the look out for something, and had been doing special duty near the place where the alleged offence was committed.

    The Bench considered a prima facia case had been made out, and committed prisoner for trial at the ensuing court of Quarter Sessions to be held in Bathurst in January next.

    Mr Thompson applied for bail.

    The Police Magistrate said that this was a very serious charge, almost amounting to a capital offence, and before granting bail he would like to think the matter out. He would give his decision next morning.

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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Fri 31 Jan 1896 3

COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS.
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    The February sittings of the Quarter Sessions opens on Monday, at 10 o’clock am, when Judge Docker will preside. There is an exceptionally heavy calendar, as will be seen by the list appended:—Percy Edmunds, stealing £100 at Mandurama; George Hyland and George Hyland, junr, stealing a mare, Sofala; Owen Hearn, maliciously setting fire to stables at Junction Point; William Bell, wilfully setting fire at national grasses at Rocky Bridge; John Ferguson, John Marsden and John Brennan, breaking and entering warehouse with intent to a felony at Oakey Park; Richard Wentworth Hunt, William Wentworth Hunt, conspiracy to default at Bathurst; Fred Robins, attempted bestiality at Bathurst; Michael John Mullaney, embezzlement at Bathurst; Denis Fitzgerald, Augustus Parker, stealing a cheque at Bathurst; Richard Percell, assault at Sunny Corner; William Dibley and Thomas McDonald, maliciously killing a horse at Diamond Swamp.

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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Wed 5 Feb 1896 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Tuesday, February 4th, 1896.
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(Before his Honor Judge Docker.)
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    Mr Shand prosecuted for the Crown, and Mr WG Burton Smith acted as Clerk of the Court.
    The barristers present were Messrs Moriarty, Edgar, and Hamilton.
    The local solicitors were all represented.

BESTIALITY.

    Frederick Robins was indicted for that he, on the 20th day of October 1895, at Bathurst did commit an unnatural offence.
    Plea: Not Guilty.
    Mr Thompson appeared for prisoner.
    The facts of the case were revolting in the extreme, and altogether unfit for publication.
    The jury, after a short retirement returned into court with a verdict of Guilty.
    Remanded for sentence.
    The court adjourned at midnight.

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The Bathurst Times, Wed 5 Feb 1896 5

BATHURST QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Monday, February 3.
(Before Mr Judge Docker)

    His Honor took his seat at 10 am.
    Mr Shand prosecuted for the Crown. Mr WGB Smith was Clerk of the Peace.

CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

    Frederick Robins was indicted for that he did, on the 24th day of October, at Bathurst, attempt to commit an offence upon a goat.
    Plea: Not guilty.
    Mr Thompson appeared for the defence.
    The usual order was made for all boys to leave the Court.
    After hearing evidence, the jury found the accused guilty, and he was remanded for sentence.
    This was at midnight, and the Court adjourned till 9 am next day.

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The National Advocate, Wed 5 Feb 1896 6

BATHURST QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Tuesday, February 4.
(Before his Honor, Judge Docker.)

    Mr Shand prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, and there were present. Messrs Moriarty, Hamilton, Edgar (barristers); and also Mr Malcomn (Crookwell), and all the local solicitors. also Mr Malcomn (Crookwell). [sic]

A GRAVE OFFENCE.

    Frederick Robins, charged with a grave offence was found guilty. Accused was defended by Mr Thompson.

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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Sat 8 Feb 1896 7

Saturday, February 8th.
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(His Honor took his seat on the Bench at 9 am.)
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SENTENCES.


    Frederick Robins, found guilty of attempting to commit a serious offence. His Honor had no doubt that prisoner had been guilty of this abominable offence. Only last week he had sentenced a man to 5 years penal servitude. He would not deal as severely with prisoner. Sentence: 4 years’ penal servitude.

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The Bathurst Times, Sat 8 Feb 1896 8

Saturday, February 8.

    His Honor took his seat at 9 o’clock.

SENTENCES.


     Frederick Robins, found guilty of attempting to commit an unnatural offence, was also sentenced. His Honor said it was fortunate for prisoner that the constables had prevented him accomplishing the act, and from the evidence he had not the slightest doubt that prisoner had been guilty of this abominable offence. Only last week he had to send a man to penal servitude for five years for an offence of a similar character. Prisoner was sentenced to four years’ penal servitude.

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The National Advocate, Mon 10 Feb 1896 9

BATHURST QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THE SENTENCES.
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    On Saturday morning his Honor judge Docker sentenced the prisoners who had been found guilty during the week to various terms of imprisonment in Bathurst Gaol.

    Frederick Robins, for having attempted an unnatural crime, was sentenced to 4 years penal servitude.

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Frederick Robins, Gaol photo sheet 10

SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5959], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 1057, p. 195, R5085.

Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 1057
Bathurst 

Date when Portrait was taken: 27-11-1895

Name: Frederick Robins

Native place: BC Goulburn

Year of birth: 1866

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: Church of England

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 8¼"

Weight     On committal: 159
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scar above left knee Scar back of head

 

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Bathurst Q.S

4

2

1896

Attempt to commit buggery

4 years PS

 


1     The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Thu 24 Oct 1895, p. 2.

2     The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Mon 28 Oct 1895, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3     The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Fri 31 Jan 1896, p. 2. Emphasis added.

4     The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Wed 5 Feb 1896, p. 2.

5     The Bathurst Times, Wed 5 Feb 1896, p. 2.

6     The National Advocate, Wed 5 Feb 1896, p. 2.

7     The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Sat 8 Feb 1896, p. 3.

8     The Bathurst Times, Sat 8 Feb 1896, pp. 2, 3.

9     The National Advocate, Mon 10 Feb 1896, p. 2.

10   SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5959], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 1057, p. 195, R5085.